Earlier today we were informed that the Korean fighter Dong Kwan Lee (12-2-2, 5) [이동관] would be stepping up in a big way on January 18th when takes on unbeaten Filipino Jenel Lausa (10-0-1, 6), in a bout for the WBA Asia Featherweight title.
The talented Korean is the current BoxingM Super Featherweight champion, but is set to vacate that title for this bout, at a lower weight, where his team feels he is best suited.
Lee has had a good 2019, picking up 3 wins including a stoppage win over Filipino Anthony Sabalde in June, and although he's still got a linger TKO loss to Jun Zhao hanging over his head he has reeled off 4 straight wins. He's bounced back well from that Zhao loss, and at 27 years old seems to hitting his stride.
Lausa on the other hand is 31 years old and dubbed the "Demolition man". He'll be looking to demolish the hopes of Lee in what will be his first bout outside of the Philippines. Although not well known away from home Lausa has impressed and holds notable wins over Jon Jon Estrada and Carlos Lopez, and a draw with Jhunriel Ramonal.
At the moment the TV rights of this are unclear, tough KBM have stated it will be televised live, and will take place in Jeon ju.
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In a minor surprise the unbeaten Jenel Lausa (8-0-1, 4) was somewhat exposed, by countryman Rolly Llino (5-16-1, 2) in a 6 round bout at Super Featherweight. Despite winning, and retaining his unbeaten record, Lausa did not look like an unbeaten man, and was fortunate not to have another mark on his record, like the draw he had suffered last time out to Jhunriel Ramonal.
Llino, who had lost his last 8 and was win less in over 6 years, seemed to figure out that Lausa wasn't anything special early on. He didn't force the pace himself, but fought smartly, to land clean shots in a close round. The second round saw Lausa actually show some promise, landing with both hands in a bout that lacked intensity but had some skills from both. Sadly for Lausa that was about the only round that he really showed anything of sustained quality, though he did have moments very late on.
In rounds 3 and 4 the eye catching shots were coming from Llino, whilst Lausa just looked a bit inaccurate and like a man who just expected to take a win due to his unbeaten record, rather than landing clean shots on a regular basiis.
Llino also shined in round 5, as a tiring Lausa was caught by sharp and accurate shots from Llino, whop showed a really nice uppercut. The tiredness of Lausa showed even more in round 6, as he began to look exhausted and pushed Llino a couple of times, before scoring knockdown just seconds before the final bell, in what was his highlight of a very disappointing performance.
The knockdown essentially decided the result, with the judges putting in cards of 57-56, each way, whilst the third judge some how had the bout 59-54 to Lausa, in what is one of the worst cards of 2019. Had it not been for the knockdown it would likely have been a split decision draw.
A win for Lausa wasn't out of the question, but to only give Lino one round is inexcusable in what was a competitive fight. One thing Lausa did have going in his favour was Llino's lack of power. Llino landed a number of lovely looking uppercuts, but he never managed to rock Lausa, and having 2 stoppages in 22 fights seems to suggest that Llino will rarely hurt opponents.
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